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Two firms recently came out with low-cost video inspection systems suitable for smaller shops with limited QC budgets.

* The Sprint Mini from RAM Optical Instrumentation, Inc. (ROI), Rochester, N.Y., is said to break the low-price barrier at $9885. It has a 6.5:1 zoom lens that provides up to 75X magnification of live video imaging on a color monitor. It also has integral digital readout with electronic skew adjustment and fiber-optic ring lighting. Tel: (480) 5053506, www.ramoptical.com

* A new family of six manual video measurement and inspection systems comes from Optical Gaging Products, Inc., Rochester, N.Y. SmartScope MVP systems are also said to be low cost, though the company would not specify prices. These benchtop models have measurement ranges from 6 x 3 x 5 in. to 12 x 12 x 6 in., a 6.5:1 zoom lens with manual or motorized operation, high-resolution color CCD camera, manually operated x-y-z stages, and 1-micron linear scales. Standard controls include dual LCD displays, sealed membrane keypad, illumination controls, preprogrammed functions, and a 13-in. color monitor that displays live, magnified images. Units can be configured for semi-automatic measurement. Tel: (585) 544-0450, www.ogpnet.com
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Date:Feb 1, 2004
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